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Portland Appoints City’s First African American Fire Chief

Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau Chief Sara Boone (KGW.com)

PORTLAND (KGW.com) – Sara Boone, a 24-year veteran of the Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau, has been appointed chief by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Boone rose through the ranks, from entry-level firefighter, emergency operations, safety chief to her latest assignment as division chief of medical services and training.

“Chief Boone impressed our interview panels with her commitment to community, her technical knowledge, her passion for the fire service, and her leadership style,” Hardesty said in a prepared statement. “Chief Boone is well-respected throughout the bureau and we have a great collaborative relationship.”

Boone was the first African-American woman to become a Portland firefighter, and now will be the first African-American woman to head the bureau. MORE